Work done by the Government:
1. An Animal Welfare Act has been legislated in various countries, including the US, to protect the welfare of animals. The AWA requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be provided for certain animals bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. Individuals who operate facilities in these categories must provide their animals with adequate care and treatment in the areas of housing, handling, sanitation, nutrition, water, veterinary care, and protection from extreme weather and temperatures. Although Federal requirements establish acceptable standards, they are not ideal. Regulated businesses are encouraged to exceed the specified minimum standards.
2. According to the Humane Slaughter Act, animals should be stunned into unconsciousness prior to their slaughter to ensure a quick, relatively painless death. The most common methods are electrocution and C02 stunning for swine and captive bolt stunning for cattle, sheep, and goats. Frequent on-site monitoring is necessary, as is the employment of skilled and well-trained personnel.
An animal is considered properly stunned when there is no "righting reflex"; that is, the animal must not try to stand up and right itself. Only then can it be considered fully unconscious. It can then proceed down the line, where slaughterhouse workers commence in cutting up its body.
The following bills are being considered:
H. R. 503 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act: This bill would prohibit the trade and transport of live horses intended for human consumption.H.R. 661
Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act: This bill would prohibit U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors at slaughterhouses from approving meat from "downed" cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, mules and other equines — these are animals that have become too sick or injured to stand or walk on their own. The bill also requires immediate humane euthanasia for any animal that goes down.
Criticism of the laws made by the government:
However, despite this recent recognition by one in the U.S. Senate, the United States is still far behind in enacting animal protection legislation. To this day, billions of animals suffer annually at the hands of human beings in the agricultural industry alone. They are confined, starved, branded, castrated, beaten, and skinned alive only to put dinner on our plates. Their millions of brothers and sisters in the cosmetic and medical testing industries are poisoned, burned, blinded, infected and left alone in their misery so that we can obtain make-up and cures to the ailments we bring upon ourselves through unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, over-medication and stressful lifestyles. Animals are capable of feeling emotions and pain. Yet, despite the widely recognized fact that nonhuman animals are sentient creatures, nothing is being done to protect them.
The United States needs to get its act in gear and recognize that Gandhi was correct when he said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Animal Cruelty in the News- KFC
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